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Subject:Need parenting/preschool teacher advice
Time:03:15 pm
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Does anyone have suggestions? The kid hates coloring, drawing and writing, now its becoming A Thing, I remember hating this part of school too, I sucked at it and it was made worse because I then never practiced it.


On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 2:54 PM, <amy.teacher@"preschool".com> wrote:

Hello!

I wanted to let you know that Basil is struggling with his coloring. He does not want to do it and throws a crying fit. I'm trying to take the positive side with him to encourage his coloring but it has failed. To finish his one paper, he had to complete it before he could play at recess. It then only took him minutes to complete. He struggled with the art teacher (Mrs. K) the same way not wanting to paint and did not to get to paint bumble bees. This is not his first day to do this as there were a couple times last week. I will continue to encourage him here at school and if you could do the same on your end at home. Other than the coloring, he is doing great and I love to hear his thoughts!

Thank You,

Bas' teacher

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MY REPLY:

Yes, I am sad but not surprised to hear this problem with Basil and coloring. He seems to have inherited my artistic abilities sadly, I have a Ph.D. now but I always failed art when I was in school!

This is his first time coloring, or painting, in any kind of organized or structured classroom setting. His previous school in California was very laissez-faire / "hippie" about it in that if a child did not want to participate in a structured classroom activity then they were allowed to go play with toys. On the one hand, this is a nice theory, but as you can see, it is a philosophy which has left Bas unprepared for full participation in a classroom setting. I am so sorry you are now bearing the brunt of this problem.

We can try to work on this with him at home too, he does do some drawing and letters with his Dad sometimes. We are open to suggestion on how to fix the problem and we really appreciate your patience with him as he learns that he has to do his work before he can play. We are also really glad for the communication so we can know what he needs help with.

Yours prayerfully, *(ETA its a christian church school)*

Telemicus

ETA: I realized I should be clearer about the problem on here, since I am soft-footing it with his new teacher, but Bas is REALLY strong-willed, and if he doesn't walk to do something he is immovable, and I'm exhausted by his sheer force of will. How do I help him without it turning into a rage battle? I swear this stage is like the terrible twos all over again.
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rhiannonhero
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Time:2010-08-30 08:19 pm (UTC)
I gotta admit I'm flabbergasted by the apparent importance of coloring!!!!! LOL! I mean, it's...COLORING! Who cares if he dosen't want to do it? It's not the end of the world. Why make him? I mean, he doesn't have to be allowed to go play with toys, but if he doesn't want to color, I really don't see the big deal with it. I mean it is PRE-SCHOOL.

Baby, I think this is insane. It's not boot camp. I mean, surely there are other things he could do if he doesn't want to participate in coloring! What other things might he be able to do taht doesn't disturb the other kids? Look at books? Practice letters? Or...I just don't understand why coloring is something he must be made to do. Ever. If he doesn't want to.
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rhiannonhero
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Time:2010-08-30 08:35 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm back. I will try to curb my WTF, though, and go with the idea that I think that punishing him, i.e. can't play unless he colors (WTFF????) is probably backfiring here. Maybe a reward system? He brings home a colored page from preschool and you give him...some extra computer time, or something that he likes, or something?
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